Triumph Holy Smoke

A week or so ago, the other half I ended up at Triumph in Princeton. I wanted to watch some of the Phillies game and we didn’t get it on our tv. Unfortunately, the NBA playoffs were on, so I couldn’t watch it there either. But, I was able to try this brew, which I was hard-pressed to find information about online. Let’s see how it went.


ABV: 5.3%

Style: Rauchbier

Trivia: According to, “For the brewing, Tom opted for moderation in the beer’s alcohol, malt and hops, to ‘let the wood come through.’ Dogfish Head’s version is based on a London porter, but Triumph’s appropriately named ‘Holy Smoke’ is a simple pale ale base served in a cask. The result’s a malty, smoked ale with a murmur of incense in the background. The wood comes through slightly in the aroma, but much more so in the flavor – middle and finish, with a slight chewiness in the body. Having never tasted the DFH Ahumado, I can only compare Holy Smoke to the DFH’s more popular and weightier Palo Santo Marron brown ale. And one can definitely taste that unique incense-like flavor, which I for one, have not discovered in any another beer. Tom liked his results and definitely plans to make another cask of the brew. After all, it’s not every day you can drink an interesting beer and cleanse negative energy as well.”

Random: The meow really likes the cream filling in Oreos.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated slowly. There was some lacing left on the glass. The body was a dark, clear mahogany color with light carbonation visible. The nose was really smoky, like putting your head into a fire pit (which I don’t recommend doing). It also had some coconut notes, which I wasn’t expecting. The taste was also very, very smoky like charcoal smoke. There was sweet coconut as well, but the smoke was definitely the star in this. There was also an unexpected herbal note to it. It had a thin body and moderate carbonation. The finish was long and really smoky. Despite this being a smoke bomb, I found that it was really enjoyable. I would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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